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Ms. Morrison

Ginny Morrison

VP Sales & Marketing, Spire Hospitality

Ginny Morrison oversees all sales and marketing efforts for both owned and managed properties of Spire Hospitality, in her role as vice president of sales & marketing. Ms. Morrison joined Lane Hospitality in 1988 as general manager and was promoted to regional general manager, then regional director of sales and marketing.

From ski resorts in Colorado to corporate hotels in Chicago and other large markets, Ms. Morrison has utilized her 25-year hospitality career, operational skills and marketing know-how to ensure profitable and service-oriented hotels. Since being promoted to her current position in 2010, Spire Hospitality sales have doubled.

With a B.A. in nutrition from Bowling Green State University, Ms. Morrison began her career as chef-manager of a French bistro. After completing a management-training program with Vicorp Specialty Restaurants, she served as food & beverage director with Concord Hotels of Cleveland and then as general manager for the company's Holiday Inn in Beachwood.

Ms. Morrison currently serves on the board of directors for Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association and is the past chairman of the board for Educational Foundation Board of Directors, a non-profit group that implements special educational and scholarship programs for hospitality students.

She is a guest speaker of hospitality marketing at The Manfred Steinfeld School of Hospitality and Tourism Management as well as a guest speaker of revenue management at Kendall College. She has served as president of Rotary Club of Chicago and is still actively involved in fundraising. Ms. Morrison is actively involved in the Illinois Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSAMI) and conducts bi-annual roundtables for the national chapter of HSAMI.

Please visit http://www.spirehotels.com for more information.

Ms. Morrison can be contacted at 847-291-5718 or gmorrison@spirehotels.com

Coming up in February 2020...

Social Media: Social Listening Tools

The reach and influence of social media is staggering. Nearly 3 billion people use social media daily, posting a range of messages, selfies, images, and everything in-between. According to HubSpot, almost 4 million posts are uploaded to the major social networks every single minute! That's an astounding amount of content and it is crucial for hotels to skillfully use social media in order to effectively compete. From establishing a suitable brand identity and voice to creating content across all the major networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.), the goal is to actively engage consumers and to eventually convert them to customers. Some hotels are initiating online contests as a way to attract new customers, while others are rewarding customers with discounts who subscribe to the their email lists or follow their social media pages. Another recent strategy is to employ social media listening tools that track what people are posting online about their businesses. These tools allow hotels to monitor - or listen to - what's being said about a brand across the entire social web, and this can prove to be very valuable, unfiltered information. Social listening permits hotels to be aware of people's opinions about their business, industry or competitors, and some of these tools even listen beyond social media platforms. They also monitor publicly available information on blogs, forums, news outlets and websites. Some listening tools are more focused on gathering and analyzing data, while others offer more engagement-oriented features, which allow hotels to interact with people right from the platform. Often the information that is gleaned from these listening tools ends up being the most authentic, unbiased insights a business can get. The February Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to successfully integrate social media strategies into their operations.